We are all familiar with the “glass half-full” or “glass half-empty” references. If you don’t know what that means, it really boils down to perspective. If you are more pessimistic, you will tend to see the glass as half-empty. You will more likely focus on what you lack or what went wrong. By contrast, if you are more optimistic, you will lean more to the glass half-full point of view. You will focus more on what you already have or what went right. In general, I choose to see the glass as half full. I prefer to be grateful for what I do have rather than to worry about what I don’t have.
Personally, I think I have this perspective as a result of my faith. I view life through the lens that nothing happens by accident. Whether I have or lack something, it is part of a larger plan for my life. I may not understand the “why” and it may not make sense but choosing to walk through life with this attitude has helped to improve the quality of my life.
Just this week, we had an unexpected issue with our car. My husband was on his way home to pick me up. We had plans to attend a function an hour away from home. While he was driving along the highway, the engine light came on, along with a warning to stop driving immediately to avoid the risk of damage to the engine. I went to meet him and we waited for a tow truck at a gas station for over 3 hours. We never made it to the function we had planned to attend, but we got the car home without incident.
Was it a major inconvenience? Absolutely! I could choose to focus on the cost for the repairs, which I’m sure the repair is going to be expensive and we didn’t budget for that. However, from my perspective, all I could think of instead was how grateful I was that the incident occurred where and when it did. It happened along a section of highway that was in a populated area and the gas station was metres away from the highway exit.
Had this happened when we were on our way to or from the function, it would have been on a section of highway that passes through farmland, where there is no safe place to pull off the road. I’m thankful that we didn’t have to wait on the side of the highway for 3 hours in the dark. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have a problem, but I am choosing to find the silver lining in the cloud.
I am telling you this because life will give you lemons sometimes. Your perspective and attitude will determine how you come through those challenges. Will you take those lemons and make that proverbial lemonade? Or will you take those lemons, eat them raw and complain that they are sour? Remember the volume of liquid in the glass is exactly the same. The only difference is how you choose to view it. The choice is yours.